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Volkswagen Group veteran Luc Donckerwolke is set to be hired to replace Peter Schreyer as Hyundai and Kia design head when Schreyer retires in two years, motoring.com.au reports.

While the Korean carmaker declined to comment, Automotive News Europe sources confirmed that the Belgian designer is taking up an “offer of a lifetime” at Hyundai.

Earlier this month, the 49-year old left his job as Bentley styling chief, apparently after an online spat with Lincoln Continental Concept designer David Woodhouse over resemblances to the Bentley Flying Spur, according to motoring.com.au.

“Do you want us to send you the product tooling?” Donckerwolke sarcastically wrote through his personal Facebook account.

Like Schreyer, Donckerwolke has also been with Audi, where he was responsible for the original TT and R8 Le Mans. He was also design head at Lamborghini, where he oversaw the Murcielago and Gallardo. Before he joined Bentley he headed design at SEAT, and has been with the VW Group for 23 years.

Despite Schreyer, 63, still having two years left on his contract, Donckerwolke is reportedly set to move to Korea early to give him time to adjust.

Donckerwolke has apparently been replaced at Bentley by Audi design boss Stefan Sielaff. Sielaff was with Mercedes-Benz between 2003 and 2006, during which he was responsible for the W205 C-Class‘ interior.